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Acclaimed Speakers Come to MICA, Nov. & Dec.

MICA hosts recognized artists, designers, creative professionals to discuss their work

Posted 10.13.11 by Communications

Artist Martha Rich will speak on Dec. 12

BALTIMORE - This fall, MICA brings regional, national and international artists, designers, authors and curators to the College to discuss their work, life and career experiences. Open to the public and free, these lectures offer a rare opportunity to learn about the creative process from prominent contemporary figures in the art world.



Neil ChambersUrban Green with Neil B. Chambers '00
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 7-9 p.m.
Main Building: Room 110, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Award-winning green designer Neil B. Chambers '00 will talk about his unique perspective on design, construction and architecture, and sign his new book Urban Green: Architecture for the Future. In his book, Chambers shows how ecologists and environmentalists around the world are joining forces with architects and city planners to make the natural world an integral part of cities. Chambers is a national fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program and has taught at New York University and the Fashion Institute of Technology. With nearly 20 years of experience within the fields of green building and infrastructure, Chambers is recognized by his peers as a visionary and an innovative force for the future of sustainability. Chambers is also a contributing author to treehuggers.com.
This talk is sponsored by the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fine Art.


Graphic Design ThinkingDesign Double Feature: Book Launch
Monday, Nov. 7, 6 p.m. Reception / 7 p.m. Presentations
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
MICA is proud to announce the release of two important new books on graphic design written and designed by MICA faculty, students and alumni. Graphic Design Thinking: Beyond Brainstorming and Participate: Designing with User-Generated Content both affirm MICA's continued contribution to the discourse of contemporary design education.The launch will include short presentations by participating authors and designers followed by a reception and book signing.

Graphic Design Thinking: Beyond Brainstorming was written and designed by students and faculty in MICA's M.F.A. in Graphic Design program. Published by MICA and Princeton Architectural Press, the book presents tools and techniques for generating ideas, ranging from quick, seat-of-the-pants approaches to more formal research methods.

Participate: Designing with User-Generated Content is co-authored by two MICA alumni: Helen Armstrong '09 and Zvezdana Stojmirovic '05, who is also a member of MICA's graphic design faculty. Published by Princeton Architectural Press, Participate looks at ways designers are engaging users in the creation of their work, using systems thinking to establish open-ended structures through which other people might create.
The event is hosted by MICA's Center for Design Thinking, which assisted in the creation of these publications.

Douglas B. Dowd, No Room at the Inn (Denver, Colorado)Douglas B. Dowd: The Artist-Correspondent as a Cultural Figure
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 7-8:30 p.m.
Main Building: Room 110, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Illustrator and writer Douglas B. Dowd teaches communication design and American culture studies at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. His prints are in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Walker Art Center, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, and others. In the late 1990s, he began producing a weekly illustrated serial for the St. Louis Post Dispatch called Sam the Dog, which turned into an animated online short in 2000 at samthedog.com. Additionally, he has produced animated experimental films, including The Doughboy (2004) and Scenes from Starkdale, Ohio (2006). His work as an editorial illustrator has appeared in the New York Times, New Yorker magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and other publications. Since 2007, Dowd has been working on reportage-based illustration projects and writing essays on graphic culture on his blog, Graphic Tales.
This lecture is made possible with funding from the M.F.A. in Illustration Practice program and the Office of Academic Services.
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Douglas B. Dowd, No Room at the Inn (Denver, Colorado)

Kelly DobsonKelly Dobson
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m.
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Artist and engineer Kelly Dobson will present her work in the realms of technology, medicine and culture. Dobson is the department head of the digital/media program at the Rhode Island School of Design, and her areas of investigation include voice, identity, prosthetic social extensions, public performance, and re-appropriation of domestic appliances, new materials innovation and companion machines. Dobson explores the relationship between people and machines, and is developing a method of personal, societal and psychoanalytical engagement termed "Machine Therapy," a response to the overwhelmingly pervasive effects of machines in everyday life.
Dobson's lecture is co-sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Sculpture Department and the Fiber Department's Collaborative Smart Textiles Research Lab.
Image: Kelly Dobson (Photo by Kris Krug)


Art and Addiction
Thursday, Nov. 10, 7 p.m.
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Jack Henningfield, Ph.D., and Pat Santora, Ph.D., leaders in the field of addiction science, will present a lecture on their innovative research that promotes the use of art to compliment addiction science in understanding and treating substance use disorders. Sponsored by MICA's Community Arts Partnership and The Turek House, a mainstay of the Baltimore substance abuse treatment community.

Adelina VlasArt@Lunch: Adelina Vlas
Wednesday, Nov. 16, 12:30 p.m.
Brown Center: Room 320, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Adelina Vlas, assistant curator for modern and contemporary art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will discuss her role in organizing new media exhibitions there. Vlas holds an M.A. in Art History from York University as well as an M.A. in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art in London. The talk will focus on the exhibitions in the Notations and Live Cinema series that Vlas has organized, as well as the exhibition, Live Cinema/Peripheral Stages: Mohamed Bourouissa and Tobias Zielony, on view at the museum starting Saturday, October 15.
This talk is part of the 2011-2012 Art@Lunch series of discussions on world art.

James TimberlakeJames Timberlake
Thursday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m.
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
By undertaking a path of research into new materials and potential technologies that alter fabrication and delivery methods and influence the way we live in our environments, Kieran Timberlake reshapes our expectations of architecture. James Timberlake will discuss his firm's inquisitive apporaches to their client's needs, as well as the needs of the environment and how that has broadened their vision of the relationship between process, craft and form.

Joyce J. ScottMonday Artist at Noon: Joyce J. Scott '70
Monday, Nov. 28, Noon
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Known as the "Queen of Beadwork," Joyce J. Scott '70 creates provocative beaded sculptural forms and neckpieces that address political and social issues such as gender, race and class struggle. A native Baltimorean, Scott is inspired by the three generations of storytellers, quilters, basket makers, and wood, metal and clay workers that came before her as part of her African-American, Native American and Scottish heritage. Her earliest art lessons were received at home as she watched her mother, fiber artist Elizabeth Talford Scott, create quilts using unconventional embroidery and appliqué techniques. Deeply rooted in her ethnic and family heritage, Scott's work comments on issues affecting contemporary society in an effort to elicit awareness and response. At this talk, Scott will speak about her artwork, life and career.
The Monday Artist at Noon lecture series is organized by the Drawing, General Fine Arts, Painting, and Printmaking Senior Thesis programs.
Image: Joyce J. Scott (Courtesy Goya Contemporary and John Dean)

Paul Chaat SmithPaul Chaat Smith
Monday, Nov. 28, 7 p.m.
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Paul Chaat Smith is a Comanche author and curator whose work focuses on the contemporary landscape of American Indian politics and culture. Smith joined the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in 2001, where he currently serves as associate curator. He is the co-author of Like a Hurricane: the Indian Movement from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee, a standard text in Native studies and American history courses, and author of Everything You Know about Indians Is Wrong. He served as creative consultant for the PBS television series, We Shall Remain: A Native History of America.
This talk is sponsored by the Humanities Department. His residency is made possible by the M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice and Rinehart School of Sculpture programs with the support of the Center for Race and Culture.


Still from The Struggle Continues
Thursday, Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m.
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
A lecture and discussion featuring filmmaker Kathleen Foster, Director of the Afghan Women's Fund Fahima Vorgetts, and Professor Muhammad Shafiuddin Khan will follow accompany a screening of "10 Years After, Afghanistan and Pakistan." There will also be a fundraiser sale of Afghan crafts from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Brown Center.
This event is sponsored by the students and faculty of Global Perspectives: Politics and History and the Department of Humanistic Studies. 


Jonathan ReissThink Outside the Box Office: The Ultimate Guide to Film Distribution in the Digital Era with Jon Reiss
Monday, Dec. 5 and Tuesday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Gateway: BBOX, 1601 W. Mount Royal Ave.
A 2-day workshop based on the book "Think Outside the Box Office: The Ultimate Guide to Film Distribution in the Digital Era." Workshop themes include Where We Are At - Why A New Model Is Needed; Creating A Plan For Your Film; Marketing Part 1: Engaging Your Audience From Inception; An Introduction to Film "Products"; Redefining the Theatrical Experience - Live Events; DVD Distribution and Merchandise; The New Digital Rights Landscape; Marketing Part 2: Timing Your Release; Avenues of Marketing and Promotion in Release; Expanding the Concept of Film - Cross; Platform/Transmedia Entertainment; and Workshop Discussing Participants' Own Projects.
Jon Reiss was named one of "10 Digital Directors to Watch" by Daily Variety. His past feature credits include Cleopatra's Second Husband, a dark psychological drama, which won Best First Feature at Cinequest and a documentary, Better Living Through Circuitry, a startling, humorous and entertaining glimpse into rave culture, which had numerous screenings on Showtime and Sundance Channel, as well as a worldwide DVD/VHS release. His most recent feature, "Bomb It," is about graffiti and the battle over visual public space throughout the world. Based on his experience releasing this film with a hybrid strategy, he authored the book "Think Outside the Box Office: The Ultimate Guide to Film Distribution in the Digital Era."  He speaks around the world at film festivals, schools and organizations on this topic. Reiss received his MFA from the UCLA Film School and currently teaches film at the California Institute for the Arts.
The workshop is sponsored by the Video and Film Arts Department with support from Academic Services. The workshop is open to all faculty, students and the general public. Seats are available on a first come basis. If you have questions contact filmandvideo@mica.edu.


Women Mending Afghanistan FlyerWomen Mending Afghanistan
Thursday, Dec. 8, 7 p.m.
Main Building: Room 110, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Rachel Lehr, volunteer director of the nonprofit organization Rubia, will describe and show slides of the organization's embroidery programs in Afghanistan. Rubia partners with rural Afghan communities to combine women's empowermenet, education and income-generation with cultural design and handwork technique preservation and sustainable production methods. Through handmade embroidered goods these women are indeed mending their corner in Afghanistan, stitch by stitch. Lehr will also discruss the complex political, cultural, economic and gender issue intertwined with women's efforts in a country at war. The lecture and discussion will be followed by a fundraser sale of Afghan arts and crafts.
This event is sponsored by the Department of Humanistic Studies, Academic Affairs, and the Office of Diversity.


Scott CampbellScott Campbell
Friday, Dec. 9, 4 p.m.
Brown Center: Room 320, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Scott Campbell is a maker of paintings, illustrations, comics, kid's books and video games. He studied illustration at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, focusing on comic and children's book illustration. Soon after graduating, he began at Lucas Learning as concept artist on children's video games. Four years later, he joined Double Fine productions as Art Director on such games as the critically acclaimed Psychonauts and Brutal Legend. Alongside this career in games, he has published numerous comics and created paintings that have appeared in galleries and publications around the world. Some of his most notable projects include the Great Showdowns series, Igloo Head and Tree Head series, Double Fine Action Comics, Hickee Comics, the Zombie In Love children's book, and Psychonauts and Brutal Legend with Double Fine Productions. Scott lives in New York City.

Jessie HartlandMartha Rich & Jessie Hartland
Monday, Dec. 12, 4-5:30 p.m.
Fox Building: Room 415, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Originally from Philadelphia, Martha Rich lived the typical, suburban life-until she followed her husband to Los Angeles, where, just short of a picket fence and 2.5 children, her average American life unraveled. To cope with divorce, fate led her to a painting class taught by the Clayton Brothers. They persuaded her to quit her human resources job at Universal Studios and become an artist. Rich has taught at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her illustrations have appeared in American Illustration 21-29 and in music videos for Beck and Less Than Jake. A book of her work, Freedom Wigs: Sketchbook Expressionism, was published in 2006 by Murphy Design. She also produced the documentary film Scribble.08. 

Jessie Hartland is a commercial artist who lives and works in New York City. She is the author of Clementine in the City (Viking), Makin' Waves: Fun for Kids in the Tub (Chronicle), and Henri Matisse: Drawing with Scissors (Grosset); and she created the iconic covers for Fodor's Kids Travel series. She is now at work on How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum, the sequel to her recently published How the Sphinx Got to the Museum (both Blue Apple), as well as on a new illustrated biography of Julia Child to be published by Schwartz & Wade. Hartland's work outside the book world includes designs for fabrics, ceramics, prints and posters, and her artwork can be seen in marketing campaigns for Pucci, Target, Levi's, and the St. Jude Children's Hospital.
This lecture is made possible with funding from the M.F.A. in Illustration Practice program and the Office of Academic Services.
Image: Jessie Hartland (Martha Rich is pictured at the top of the page)

Common Object ProgrammingThe Common Object Programming
MICA and Zeuxis still life painters association have come together to present The Common Object, an exhibition of more than 60 diverse paintings that incorporate the same everyday object: an ordinary dishtowel. The exhibition, which runs from Thursday, Dec. 1 through Sunday, March 11 will be complimented by the following programs:

Gallery Talk
Friday, Dec. 2, 3 p.m.; Fox Building: Meyerhoff Gallery, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.; Artists: Elizabeth Geiger, Robert Jessel, Temma Bell and Margaret McCann
Four exhibiting artists discuss their work process and philosophy about artmaking, keeping the young artist in mind.

What We Think We Mean When We Talk About Painting
Friday, Dec. 2, 6:30-8 p.m.; Fox Building: Meyerhoff Gallery, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.; Artists: John Goodrich and Bevin Engman; Interviewed by William Corbett, director of student writing activities in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Writing and Humanistic Studies program
This dialogue will center around what we as critics, painters, instructors and fans mean when we talk about painting.
Image: Richard Baker, Wonder Towel, gouache on paper on board, 2009.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.